Goodbye Alice in Wonderland

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Jewel returns to her folk roots.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Very little, other than a reference to going back to bed in "Words Get in the Way." There's also a quick line in "Miles Away" that leaves little interpretive wiggle room: "I miss your hands on my skin."

Language

A couple of mentions of "s--t," a "hell" or a "damn" here and there.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Mentions of Valium and cigarettes in "Satellite," though Jewel's not necessarily advocating them.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the themes here will be easily identified by most teens: love, breakups, loss, and puzzlement over life in general. There's some minor profanity ("s--t"), and a little bit of innuendo on a few songs.

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What's the story?

After a brief fling with shiny dance pop on her previous CD, Jewel gets back to what she knows on GOODBYE ALICE IN WONDERLAND. She's still an introspective songwriter with an acoustic guitar, who thinks before she sings. She seems more than happy to get back to weaving well-baked poetry to get out emotions about desperate love, her past life, and valuing people while you have them. Highlights include the pop ballad "Again and Again," the country-flavored "Stephenville, TX," and the folky "Long Slow Slide."

Is it any good?

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This CD lets us know that Jewel is still a hopeless romantic who can't stop examining everything around her, and it works well. Content-wise, there's not much to worry about other than a reference to going back to bed in "Words Get in the Way," and a quick line in "1000 Miles Away" that leaves little interpretive wiggle room: "I miss your hands on my skin." Bottom line: Teens could do a lot worse. Who knows, maybe this CD will inspire some kids to set their own poetry to music?

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the way Jewel uses poetry to express herself. What do you like about her lyrics? What's the difference between her lyrics and those of an average pop singer?

Music details

Artist:Jewel
Release date:May 2, 2006
Label:Atlantic
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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